Enjoy the Japanese Autumn! – Tokyo Edition

Before we introduced you to the autumn leaves spot of Kyoto!
This time it’s Tokyo’s turn. We bring you three of the best autumn spots.

 

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Shinjuku Gyoen(新宿御苑)

It is one of Tokyo’s biggest and more popular parks. It was originally built during the Edo period as a feudal lord residence. Later it was converted into a botanical garden and transferred to the Imperial Family in 1903. Destroyed during the WWII, it was reopened as a public park in 1949.

One of the best places to see the changing autumn leaves, especially in the Japanese gardens and in the Momijiyama (“Maple Mountain”) in the eastern side of the park. The autumn colors typically appear from mid November to mid December. It’s comprised of three different types of gardens: A traditional Japanese garden, a French garden and an English landscape garden. The Japanese garden consists of large ponds with islands and bridges. You can also find pavilions like the Kyu Goryotei (also called the Taiwan Pavilion). A chrysanthemum exhibition is also held during the first two weeks of November.

Timings and Fees:9:00 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Closed: Mondays (or Thuesday if Monday is a national holiday), December 29 to January 3. There’re no closed days during the cherry blossom season.
Price: 200 yen

Access
Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line,Shinjuku Gyoen Sta.No.1 exit(5minutes on foot)
Tokyo Metro Fuku Toshin Line, Shinjuku Sanchome Sta.E5 exit(5minutes on foot)
Toei Shinjuku Line, Shinjuku sanchome Sta.C1/C5 exit(5minutes on foot)

 

 

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Rikugien(六義園)

Built around 1700 for the 5th Tokugawa Shogun, Rikugien is one of the best spots to enjoy the autumn colors in Tokyo. The autumn colors typically appear from late November to early December. Rikugien is often considered one of Tokyo’s most beautiful Japanese landscape gardens.

Its name means literally “Six poem garden.” But nowadays it reproduces in miniature, 88 scenes from famous Japanese poems.
The big central pond is surrounded by hills and forests. Fukiage Chaya teahouse is located along the pond’s northwestern shore and it’s a specially beautiful place to have some tea (500 JPY) and relax while enjoying the red maple trees.

Timings and Fees:9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
During the autumn color and cherry blossom seasons a special illumination can be enjoyed until 21:00
Closed: December 29 to January 1
Price: 300 yen

Access:
JR/Tokyo Metro Namboku Line, Komagome Station (7 minutes on foot)
Toei Mita Line, Sengoku Station (10 minutes on foot)

 

 

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Koishikawa Korakuen(小石川後楽園)

Adjacent to the Tokyo Dome is the Koishikawa Korakuen Garden, one of the oldest and best preserved parks in Tokyo. Built in the early Edo Period (1600-1867) the park is one of the seven places in Japan that was appointed as a special place of scenic beauty and as a special historic site.

Indeed another of the best autumn spots in Tokyo. Its main pond is surrounded by dozens of maple trees that we’re sure will not disappoint those visitors interested in autumn colors. Recommended time to see the changing leaves is in late November to early December.

Timings and Fees
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 (entry until 16:30)
Closed: December 29 to January 1
Price: 300 yen

Access
Toei O-edo Line, Iidabashi Sta. (2 minutes on foot) E-06
JR Sobu Line, Iidabashi Sta. (8 minutes on foot)
Tokyo Metro Tozai Line/Yuraku-cho Line/Namboku Line, Iidabashi Sta. (8 minutes on foot) T-06,Y-13,N-10
*No parking available


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